Nov 18, 2012 3:00pm PST
this conflict. because we look back on the last four years, and the indifference, if you will, of the obama administration to what's happening on the west bank in gaza. and is i think we are -- there will there be pressure from jipts, there will be pressure from turkey, there will be pressure from qatar, the three countries most sympathetic to ham hamas. there will be pressure to produce some kind of settlement. >> let's bring in cnn contributorses, will cain, elzy granderson. elzy, you're first. is president obama being indifferent? does the white house need to do more? >> i don't understand how someone can consider the white house being indifferent when this administration has given more money to israel than any other administration before it. i don't understand how you can consider this president to be indifferent when it's because of the president they had the technology and military equipment necessary to protect themselves from the bombs coming into the country. i don't want to see us go to another war. i know quite a few americans feel the same way. and i talked to some sources in d.
Nov 18, 2012 9:00am PST
. israeli forces bombed two media centers in gaza as well as a refugee camp. let's get perspective on the crisis. joining me is the former state department spokesman p.j. raleigh. are president obama's words strong enough in his defense of israel? >> absolutely. as he said in his remarks, no country should have to tolerate a barrage of missiles that put its entire population or a substantial percentage of its population at risk. israel has a right to respond. that said, obviously, how it responds and how it is viewed in this region, a fragile rv region given the events the last couple of years is very important. israel has some difficult calculations to make going forward. >> how about in terms of how chose we are to a middle east war, and if that happens what are the chances of u.s. involvement? how might that play out? >> that's the risk. we have a growing gaza crisis, a civil war in syria next door, unquiet along the israeli/egyptian border, substantial unrest in jordan. any flare-up in one of these, has potential to spread across to the other. most importantly, you have a fragi